AfroTaino Productions and PhilaMOCA presents
Y La Bamba
Stelth Ulvang, SLV
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Y La Bamba
Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching, metamorphosis, shared humanity, and a faith that is greater than just religion. Born in San Francisco as a first generation daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacan Mexico, she spent her childhood raised by the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional Mexican folk songs.
From the intimate, contemplative verses in her native-language, to the revelations of the history in her roots, her story is delivered with poise. Mendoza finds the intricate space between creation and growth to keep her poetic expression emotionally raw and ever evolving.
These songs are a soundtrack built for coming to grips with, not just one’s own mortality, but the fragility of the world, presenting sounds that carry the realness of ancestral trauma and the search of identity.
Stelth Ulvang breathes life into ordinary things a tattered, grey bowler hat made light as feather and nimble as a hummingbird when it's an extension of Stelth's palm and a piece of knotted wood sings as a new slingshot once Stelth's pocket knife has touched the bark.
Stelth is a creator; selftaught and continually curious to learn more, he's a talented multiinstrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music. Able to balance heavy truths with the lightness of humor and observation, his songs share the wayfaring nature of his heart. His unique ability to transform living rooms, basements, backyards, kitchens, and even large venues into an intimate moment of storytelling, makes his carnivalstyle performance and confessional lyrics appealing to the human experience. Fulltime globe traveler, currently touring with The Lumineers, Stelth first kicked off his musical travels cofounding the band known as The Dovekins.
Chicana chanteuse, Sandra Lilia Velasquez (SLV), sings soulful protest songs in English and Spanish that blend pop, electronic world beat, and sultry downtempo grooves. Her journey in music began as the founder and lead vocalist of the Latin band Pistolera, which toured internationally at festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada) Central Park Summerstage (USA), Sfinks (Belgium), and Ollin Kan (Mexico). They performed the NPR Tiny Desk Concert and had their music featured on Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and more. She initiated the next chapter of her artistic growth under her initials with an EP produced by heavyweight bassist Meshell Ndegeocello who also co-wrote one song and played bass on the recording. SLV's new album, PIECE OF MIND, is a sharp lyrical reflection on the current state of affairs that for the first time ever has her rapping.